Crawford played phenomenally this season and just seemed to get better and better as the season went on. I mean seriously, that game 7 performance was just off the charts - Vancouver probably should have had 3 or 4 goals in the 3rd period alone but Corey just kept turning them away. There is one point though that you did not bring up concerning the Niemi vs Crawford decision in the fall of '09. The 'Hawks could send Crawford back to Rockford with no repercussions last year, but they were out of AHL options with Niemi so to send him back down he would have had to clear waivers first. My understanding is that management had fairly equal opinions on both goalies and the fact that Niemi would have had to clear waivers was one of the major deciding factors. It certainly appears to have worked out, though, because while Niemi led us to the cup I liked what I saw from Crawford this year much more than anything Niemi ever showed. Let's lock him up soon before some jacka$$ team like the Islanders tries to screw us by tendering him (or another player like Frolik or Campoli) an offer sheet like the Sharks did with Hjalmarsson last year
Thanks for noting the "options" point, Pete, which I failed to do. That would even support the arguement more of Crawford possibly being up last year rather than Niemi. If they both had the same options, and everyone believed the two to be on equal footing, what's to say Crawford doesn't get the nod as Huet's backup? Thanks for the comment as always, Pete.